Core Research Project


ACEs and Suicidal Behavior in African Americans: Assessment and Prevention

African Americans are experiencing rising suicide rates, and ACEs are associated with suicide risk in this population. Unfortunately, science has lagged this increase: little is known about factors that might influence the ACEs/suicide relationship, and few interventions seek to prevent future suicide attempts among African Americans who have previously attempted suicide, though this population is at very high risk for future attempts.  

This project is designed to advance the field of suicide prevention for this vulnerable population by  

(aidentifying risk and protective factors that influence the ACEs/suicide relationship, and by  

(b) rigorously testing a culturally competent, multilevel suicide prevention intervention targeting African American adults who have previously attempted suicide.

Co-PI: Nadine Kaslow, PhD, Co-PI: Dorian Lamis, PhD, ABPP 

Collaborators: Grady Health System 

 If you or someone you know is considering suicide, know you’re not alone and help is out there. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or 1-800-273-8255

Article: Black Youth Suicide in America

Video: BIPOC Mental Health Awareness 

Additional Resources

1. ACEs Connection https://www.acesconnection.com/

2. Georgia Suicide Prevention Plan https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/georgia-suicide-prevention-plan

3. Association of ACEs and Suicidal Behaviors https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/cch.12617